Because We Care
“Today our customers, consumers and employees expect that Foster Farms will operate in a manner that respects the environment.
As a primary Strategic Initiative Foster Farms is committed to developing and implementing a Formal Sustainability Program. This program will incorporate every aspect of our business, and be held to measurable results. It will ensure that our people, and our production processes are aligned to a goal of producing quality products in an environmentally responsible manner. Development, implementation and adherence to a Formal Sustainability Program will strengthen Foster Farm’s position as a national leader in the poultry industry, and ensure our future success.” Laura Flanagan President and CEO
We have a corporate responsibility for being good stewards of the planet, taking every possible step to reduce our carbon footprint and the use of Natural Resources. Our focus includes but is not limited to the following:
Fresh Water Conservation
- The use of water in poultry plants is a regulatory requirement. Water must be used to maintain the facilities and equipment in a sanitary condition during operation. Plants are also required to conduct a thorough wash-down each day prior to the start of operations to ensure we are producing the safest product possible.
- Installed a BNR ( Biological Nutrient Reduction)system that saves 150 million gallons of fresh water per year. This process takes water used through our Livingston facility, treats it and returns the water back to the California aquifer. This is a state of the art system that you cannot find at just any plant which shows our commitment to and understanding of the water issues that we in California are faced with now and will be in the future.
- Water reclaim system in Livingston that makes 500 gallons of water per minute reusable. Very different from a BNR system, however, within the plant we are able to collect water from our Inside Outside Bird Washes, remove any solids through a screening process. This water is then filtered, treated and used back upstream in our process resulting in a 20% reduction of ground water use.
- The Turlock Turkey plant has initiated a water saving project that is saving over 50 Million Gallons of water versus what was being used in 2016.
- Using heat exchangers from our rendering facility to provide enough hot water to clean our Livingston facility and saved 2,000,000 KWh of electricity. The heat exchangers take available heat that is a by-product of our rendering process and uses this heat to create hot water for the sanitation shift. The plant is thoroughly cleaned and inspected each day prior to the start of the first shift by Quality Control and/or USDA.
- Implemented an initiative to retrofit all facilities with LED lighting to be completed by 2018. LED lights reduce the energy needed and possibly more important, provide a much better light source for our employees that are inspecting our products throughout the process.
- All high efficiency motors to take the place of older less efficient motors as replacement is required. These motors may cost a bit more upfront, however, with the way technology has progressed, we get a longer life out of these motors as well as the reduced electrical consumption.
At each of our Processing facilities we are bailing our cardboard and collecting waste paper which is then sent to a recycler to be given a new life. Our goal of a Zero landfill application is well underway, now our focus on plastic will be next in line in achieving our goal.
For decades, poultry companies including Foster Farms have supplied poultry products to stores for consumer convenience in Styrofoam trays. Mid Year of 2018 Foster Farms will be supplying our products to consumers throughout the San Francisco Bay area without the use of Styrofoam. This initiative has gained a lot of attention from customers and consumers in other geographical regions as well.
Throughout the year we will update our Sustainability page with Progress as it pertains to our People, Products, Planet and Progress.